Low birth weight

Other Names:
Underweight baby
Dysmaturity at birth

Low birth weight (LBW) is defined by the World Health Organization as a birth weight of a infant of 2,499 g or less, regardless of gestational age. Subcategories include very low birth weight (VLBW), which is less than 1500 g (3 pounds 5 ounces), and extremely low birth weight (ELBW), which is less than 1000 g (2 pounds 3 ounces). Normal weight at term delivery is 2500–4200 g (5 pounds 8 ounces – 9 pounds 4 ounces).

Doctors from Boston University School of Medicine analyzed data on the birth weights of 2,555 adults. Compared with those who were larger at birth, people who weighed less than two and a half kilograms at birth were two and half times more likely to develop heart disease and one and a half times more likely to get diabetes. ,
Related Problems:
Multiple births
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
06.03.2001 – 00:00 CET